It’s almost too absurd to even wrap your mind around.
After the fall of Afghanistan, the Taliban has enacted a brutal takeover, taking to the streets to hunt for Americans or America sympathizers — not to mention the violent attacks against women, girls, and Christians.
We’ve all seen the disturbing footage coming out of Afghanistan that day. Thousands of people clinging to a departing airplane, desperate to escape from the Islamic terrorist group.
But for the Americans stranded in Afghanistan, the Biden administration has decided to leave them stranded, claiming it was “their personal decision” to stay in the country. From the Secretary of Defense, to the Joint Chiefs, no one is coming to their rescue. In fact, the top military brass are claiming there is nothing they can do to get the American people out.
Now things have taken an even darker turn.
A report published on Thursday alleged that the Biden administration was charging U.S. citizens for evacuation flights out of Afghanistan, and even more for non-citizens.
Even though U.S. officials have claimed that evacuation flights from Kabul will be free, people trying to catch a plane in the Afghan capital say differently. One person said State Department staff were seeking large payments — up to $2,000 — from American passengers and even more from non-U.S. citizens.
Reporters have questioned the State Department on these claims, and they aren’t even denying it!
“U.S. law requires that evacuation assistance to private U.S. citizens or third country nationals be provided ‘on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable. The situation is extremely fluid, and we are working to overcome obstacles as they arise,” a State Department spokesperson said.
In other words, the Biden administration may request payments for evacuation flights.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) responded to the report by saying that she was creating legislation to ban the U.S. government from charging Americans for the flights.
Biden created this crisis, now he wants to charge Americans who are desperately fleeing the Taliban? That’s wrong. We should not be making Americans pay for their ride to safety. I’m drafting legislation now to PROHIBIT the US government from charging Americans, period. https://t.co/urYL9GYIfh
— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) August 19, 2021
State Department Spokesman Ned Price claimed that the administration has “no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan,” which contradicts what the State Department said over the weekend.
It seems that there’s no end to this madness.
Why won’t the Biden administration just do the right thing, get the American people out of this mess, and resign immediately so the country can be led down a different path other than the disastrous one we’re currently being lead down.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney